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iOS notion ipad - quick way to toggle between edit mode and play select mode - especially for apple pencil handwriting

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asked Oct 9, 2018 in Notion iOS Feature Requests by hskay (450 points)
iOS Notion iPad - currently it is very frustrating to toggle between apple pencil handwriting edit mode and play/select mode. Currently you have to tap on the keyboard icon, and then tap on the pen icon, in order to toggle....and then there is no way to really tell later if you are on edit mode or play/select mode.

There should really just be one button on the left or right side of the ipad that toggles between edit mode (especially needed for apple pencil handwriting) vs play/select mode. The button should also just show the current status - whether it is on edit mode or play/select mode. If there are any other users frustrated, please vote.

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answered Feb 26, 2020 by AlexTinsley (924,630 points)
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answered Feb 21, 2020 by davidsandberg1 (230 points)
I completely agree - there are too many clicks required to move back and forth between handwriting mode and editing mode.  It really ought to be a toggle button right on the main toolbar to be useful, rather than hidden under a menu, because in practice that switch needs to be toggled far too often.  In fact I'd say this is the single biggest frustration for me in using Notion iOS, and the one which is causing me to consider alternatives.
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answered Oct 24, 2021 by waynerose1 (3,740 points)
I don't disagree. The ability to switch modes without having to go to a submenu is vital, and probably pretty easy to do.

However, a workaround for now is to use handwriting zoom (magnifying glass) mode. This way you can write in the larger screen segment at the bottom of your score, and still make edits in the score itself, without having to switch modes at all. Admittedly, a somewhat clumsy solution in practice, but workable - just.